Anything I get to light on fire is gonna be AWESOME!!! Ed says this is his favorite recipe, that it takes a couple hours to prepare, but it's totally worth it. I can see why! It sounds incredible. I'm going to make this on Saturday, provided I can find the Madeira wine, otherwise, I guess I'll just substitute a Port wine... And about making the gnocchi, you MUST squeeze it out of some sort of bag. It's too mushy to consider shaping.
Side note: I ended up making two batches of gnocchi, realizing that the dough MUST be as HOT as possible before dropping in water. The second time around, I used a BIG stock pot instead of a smaller one so I could cook more at once. I think that refrigerating the pasta for at least an hour would be a good idea.All in all, great dish!!
1 cup milk
7 tablespoons unsalted butter
3/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup flour
1 1/2 cups Tomato Coulis (recipe follows)
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup (2 ounces) freshly grated Parmesan cheese
Chopped chives for garnish
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
Because you will need to cook the gnocchi quickly once the batter is ready, do the following before you begin the preparation.
Bring a large stockpot of salted water to a boil and reduce to a simmer. Have a large bowl of iced water nearby.
Combine milk, butter, and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a medium-heavy saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat. Add flour and stir vigorously with a wooden spoon until mixture is nearly solid, about 2 minutes. The batter should be the consistency of mashed potatoes and should clear the sides of the pan to form a ball. Remove from heat. Transfer to a large bowl and add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. (An electric mixer is fine for this.) The batter should be very thick, shiny, and smooth. Fill a pastry bag, fitted with a large plain tip #8, with batter. Holding pastry bag over simmering water, gently squeeze out dough, slicing into 1-inch lengths with a paring knife.
Working in 4 batches of about 20 pieces, cook gnocchi at a slow simmer, stirring occasionally, until they start to puff, about 5 minutes. They should resemble floating corks. To test for doneness, remove a dumpling and cut in half. The center should have tiny bubbles.
With a slotted spoon, transfer gnocchi to the bowl if iced water to cool. Drain well in a colander. At this stage, you can store gnocchi in refrigerator up to 2 days.
Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
Bring Tomato Coulis and cream to a boil in a large ovenproof skillet or casserole. Add Parmesan, salt, pepper, and gnocchi. Return to a boil, sprinkle with cheese and transfer to oven.
Bake until sauce is thick and bubbly and a slight crust forms on top, about 7 minutes.
Garnish with chopped chives and serve immediately.
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/2 small onion, thinly sliced
3 mushrooms, thinly sliced
2 shallots, thinly sliced
1 small leek, white part, thinly sliced
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon brandy
1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon Madeira
1 cup chicken stock or canned broth
3 ripe tomatoes, chopped with skins
2 sprigs thyme
1 bay leaf
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a medium skillet over low heat. Cook onion, mushrooms, shallot, leek, and salt until soft, about 7 minutes. Add brandy and 1/4 cup Madeira.
Turn heat to high and light alcohol with a match. Cook over high heat until liquid is reduced by half.
Add chicken stock, tomatoes, thyme, and bay leaf. Reduce the heat to low and simmer, uncovered, for 20 minutes.
Puree in a food processor or blender and strain.
Return to pan and place over medium heat. Whisk in remaining tablespoon butter, broken in small pieces, and remaining tablespoon Madeira.
Season with salt and pepper to taste and serve. Yield: 2 cups
Too, my husband isn't much for dishes without variety in texture. So next time, I think I'll FRY the pasta after taking it out of the iced water! Here are the directions for that, in case you would like to try it.,
Heat a couple tablespoons of clarified butter (or olive oil) in a large well-seasoned (or non-stick) skillet over medium-high heat. Add the gnocchi in a single layer and toss to coat with the butter. Let them cook until they are golden brown on the bottoms and then use a metal spatula to flip the gnocchi. Cook until they are golden all over. Salt, transfer to a platter and set aside.
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